Repulse wrote:The LPDs are still relatively young and can probably do another 20 years of service.
SW1 wrote:The albions are getting on for 20 years old. If the choice is to fwd deploy vessels then they need to be efficient, simple to operate and reliable.
Jensy wrote:From my decidedly non-engineering background, I propose three ways of potentially going about providing enhanced aviation support, with costs and complexity rising massively with capability:
shark bait wrote:Jensy wrote:From my decidedly non-engineering background, I propose three ways of potentially going about providing enhanced aviation support, with costs and complexity rising massively with capability:
Aviation capacity is not the problem. The Navy has got more capacity, and fewer aircraft than it's had in decades. I expect the RN could fit all their serviceable aircraft on one ship!
All this does is spend money that doesn't exist on a problem that doesn't exist. Hooray!
To be simple, the LPD's are too resources intensive for a Navy that is more bothered about carrier operations, so the marines need a cheaper ride.
Tempest414 wrote:I would agree in part that with the two carriers we have loads of space for RN types even RAF and AAC as well but for me we come back to the fact that we would need both carriers one in strike fit and the other in LPH and if we don't have both then we would be pushed and operational tasks would be tripping over each other on the deck. So for me we will still need a third flat top and four LSD's the key for me would be 10 x Caiman-90's.
With one 200 x 40 meter LHA and 4 x LSD's replacing the 2 Albion's , Argus and the 3 Bays this could allow 2 x LSD's to carry out the LRG role at all times and the LHA/ LPH to fit in with the 2 Strike carrier to ensure 2 flat tops at all times
Jake1992 wrote:my worry about a 3rd flat top is as always it putting a QE at risk of the chopping block.
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